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Poster: xtifr Date: Dec 28, 2004 4:52pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Disappearing Uploads - no shows are missing

simon c wrote:
We do have a fix for this which requires Unix access and to know the URL of the item affected [...]

That's...extremely unfortunate. There seem to be dozens, if not hundreds, of these lost-between-the-cracks shows, and finding the URL of even a single one is pretty labor intensive. And since it seems to keep happening, the problem is just going to get worse....

This may be a FAQ, but have you guys thought about opening the source for the code behind the Archive? Remember the Open Source Motto: "many eyes make all bugs shallow." And as an experienced UNIX programmer myself, I'd think my available spare volunteer time could be more productively spent reviewing the code, looking for the causes of bugs, rather than in doing tedious manual searches through the data to try to find their effects. Especially if the latter is going to be a never-ending search.

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Poster: pt Date: Dec 29, 2004 3:11am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Disappearing Uploads - no shows are missing

xtifr: This is a good suggestion. We believe strongly in open source and in principle agree that the Archive would be better if we open sourced all of our code. However, in practice, we're not in a good position right now to package it up into a sourceforge project. It wasn't designed with that in mind.

However, the part that is causing the indexing problem is our search engine/index, which appears to ignoring certain requests to index items (shows). This is something we should be running off of sourceforge and I'll see what I can do about getting it up there soon. It would be great to have other eyes on the source to help us ferret out a few of the bugs we know are still lurking.